Saturday, January 31, 2009

Streaking --(no, not that kind)

I am not doing the middle of the football field streak... I am doing a training streak.

It is a challenge on my triathlon site. It's called the february peach challenge. For every day we log some kind of training, whether it is lifting, spinning, running, swimming or basketball, dancing or just a good paced walk with the hubby. It counts. It has to be at least 30 minutes and get your heart rate up.

The hard part will be this coming weekend. I have a trip to Savannah, GA with the MS Society and other bike team captains. Friday and Sunday are travel days. Unless I get up early or workout after arriving either in Savannah or back at home. My streak will be broken early. I decided to start streaking early. I finished January with 2 consecutive days. Friday was spinning in the morning with a 32 minute spin and then one hour of basketball on friday night. (bruised hand followed.) Today was dancing and wrangling a pack of 13 3-6 yr olds during chinese dance class. I couldn't believe how hard I was working. Plan for tomorrow is a light day and possibly some yoga. Either that or a boxing video I have. I also have some light weights and going to be starting the pushup challenge once the hand is healed. Good night for now friends and training partners. Keep in touch. Send your inspirational thoughts or challenges. Challenge me to something and I will try to complete it as part of my challenge to go 28/28 for the month of February.



Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Inspiration---Really Long--

Where do we find inspiration??

I find inspiration several places. My faith... I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. Phil 4:13

Friends. I have always been overly friendly, but never had any TRUE friends. The ones who would drop anything for you... until the last 10 yrs or so. More recently so in the last 4 or 5. I was the one who would drop everything for a friend. That is my strength and my achilles heel.

My family. My mom has MS and she doesn't give up. She admits when she can't do something, which for her is DAMN HARD!!! This isn't the same woman who raised me... and that's a good thing.

My husband. He has supported me in EVERYTHING I have ever done. Massage school, adoption, when I didn't even want to have kids because I was so broken hearted over so many failures. He told me that we could do whatever I wanted, he just didn't want me to have any regrets.

My daughter. This is the best. During the winter, I set my bike up on the trainer in the living room and leave it there. I don't take it off and put it back on and ride the road and then the trainer. Once it's on the trainer, it's on until it's time to head back outside. She has seen me on that trainer for the last 2 winters. Her first winter, I doubt she really remembers. But now, everytime I get on the bike to spin she is right there with her beautiful smiling little face screaming over the mag trainer and rear wheel of the bike... "GO MOMMY GO!!!" My first triathlon as I am heading out on the run on a brutal day for me, I hear this tiny little voice say. "Go Mommy." I so wanted to quit getting off the bike. An asthma attack in the pool, a brutal bike leg where I threw my chain, my head was shot, I was so not in the race mentally and I hear her... on Mother's Day weekend. I couldn't quit no matter how badly I felt. I did not see her at the finish, she was still on the train engine.. she didn't want to get down, hubby had to drag her off.

Lately, I have received e-mails from friends and messages from people who say I am an inspiration and I have a hard time seeing it. I really do. Please bear with me. I have to get this out. I have never been the one out front, looked up to and looked at for leadership, guidance or inspiration. I was always the wallflower, shy, clumsy and eager to please. I wanted to be liked. I never sacrificed my morals or integrity for that but I sacrificed my dignity. I always hated that. Now, as an adult and a mother, I find myself wanting to be stronger, not just for me, but for my daughter as well. I want her to be confident, but not cocky.

I do triathlon for me. I want to be happy, healthy and comfortable with who I am and what I look like. I want my child to have a role model of an active life and that it is okay to be a woman and be physically fit and strong. So, am I an inspiration, I hope so, mainly for my child. But... if my life is an inspiration for you to get up and moving later in life, then so be it. Use me as your inspiration. I love who I am, personally, emotionally, physically, mentally and psychologically.

Find your inspiration and cling to it. It may be the only thing to get you through that grueling stretch in an event, where all you want is to bag it and say screw it, it's just not my day.

I have a new saying for me. I have it taped to my aero-bars on my bike. Pain today is a finish in May. I am currently re-building my base from the training layoff I've had. It's hard to get back in the swing, but it is so worth it. Have a great day, find your inspiration and get out there and move. Get up. Go. Take a walk, enjoy what you have while you have it. It is SOOO worth it.


Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Lofty goals.

Hello all,
I have set my training goals for the month of February. I will pretty much go from a stand still to really in motion, but it is worth it. Here they are.

February goals. 4 weeks, no extra days.

Bicycle. - 180-240 minutes a week = 720-960 minutes for the month of February. 12-16 hours for the month.

Run - 90-180 min/wk = 360-720 minutes for the month. 6-12 hours running.

Swimming - get in what I can without a pool membership anywhere.

Weights. get in what I can, more toning, start the 100 situps routine.

I have a 30 mile bike ride on February 7 in Savannah, GA. I am looking forward to that. I like cycling and doing it with a bunch of people who have a common goal is nice. We are all team captains with bicycle teams that ride in MS 150's around the Southeast US. This will be nice. One of my team mates and also a walk captain will be joining me. We are staying at the Inn at Ellis Square in Savannah. It looks nice and it is near the river front. COOL!!!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Okay, I'm Back

After an emotional couple of weeks and illness, I am finally back in the swing of things.

I did a one hour walk yesterday and felt the muscles this morning from trying to maintain my balance on soggy, uneven torturous ground covered by snow. Even more fraught with dangers. You don't know what's under the snow... including holes and branches that could roll an ankle. I felt my inner thighs, groins, back and quad muscles.

Today I decided it was time to get back up off my FAT ASS and move. I got up, put Ironman in the dvd player, turned it on, climbed on the bike and did intervals.

I found a great thing on iTunes, which is also available online. It's at

Each week they upload alternative music, with a 10 minute warmup, about 40 minutes of cardio paced music, and then 8-10 minutes of cool down music. I did the first workout with it today and it helped a lot.

Thursday, January 8, 2009


Okay, so I will admit that I was a little worried about the neck with starting training again. So, I know it's only been 3 days of training (out of the last 4) and the neck feels okay, shoulders are a little tight, but that is to be expected with ZERO activity since Oct. 19 at my last triathlon. My results at the time were encouraging considering that my training time was quite limited due to the neck injury. Well, all signs appear to be positive.

I am more aware of what my body is doing during training, as far as my shoulders. I have a picture from my last triathlon and I look like no-neck Prater. My shoulder were up so high, I think they actually were touching my ears. NOT GOOD!!! So, on the treadmill and bike, I have been Uber-conscious about where my shoulders were and making sure to drop them down. No tension in the shoulders means less neck pain. I caught myself on the bike last night with my shoulder creeping up while in aero, and kept dropping them to where they should be. I spent 60 minutes on the bike last night and walked/jogged this afternoon for 32 minutes. I know I shouldn't be feeling awesome this early, but I am feeling like less of lump of fat and more of a triathlete.

Swimming..... that will be a challenge. due to finances, I had to drop my gym membership, and that SERIOUSLY effects my swim training. I am going to have to find a masters class to get some training in on the swim. My first sprint is in June and swimming helps my fitness level bunches. Although, if I keep jogging and cycling like this, the swim will take care of itself.

Next goals on the jog/walk is to improve my breathing and get to a 1:1 or 2:1 jog/walk ratio. I have a 5k on May 23 and Mitch and I are doing it together. It's called skirtchaser.

I have officially converted to the skirt. Now I just need to buy me a jogging skirt. I have two bike skirts.

I'll post my motivational picture soon (yuck.) Here is your warning... it isn't pretty, but it isn't for you either. It's for me. I will have a copy on my fridge, on my phone and anywhere I need to see if frequently to remind me to HTFU and get moving. Happy New Year y'all and get moving.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Here we go.

First run was okay on monday. It was supposed to be a 40 minute run. I only made it 22 minutes, but that's okay. I am starting at dead zero again.

I have found a few things, I think y'all should know about. (my support system, outside of the family.)

So, here we go.